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Major News and Events of 14 October 2013

What Happened on 14 October 2013

Paradip Port regains partial functionality


Cyclone Phailin has done an extensive damage at east coast of India but partial operations have been resumed at Paradip Port. Because of heavy siltation, gloomy weather and extensive damage it may take a few more days to restore it completely. Sufficient emergency plans and proper restoration measures have resulted in restoring the normalcy at port. Moreover, officers and staff of the port are putting day-and-night efforts to make the things back to normal.

According to Paradip Port Trust, Odisha, Chairman Sudhanshu Shekhara Mishra there is eight lakh cubic metre siltation and investigations are going on to assess the damage and for normalcy. Green signal was given to a vessel MV United Halo for berthing with 26,650 metric tonne of fuel. Along with port, railway function at mechanized coal handling plant has also been started. He further said that night navigation will become operational in two to three days once repaired properly.

2,000 people living in low lying areas had been evacuated by the port and given shelter of the Port Trust. Also 3,500 packets of food were distributed. Work for repairing the roads has also started. Two major roads had caved in, and near about 30,000 trees were uprooted. All cargo operations, plants and machinery had been shut down at the port on 11th October. In port area, water and electricity supply have been resumed.

Death toll rose to 113 in Madhya Pradesh temple stampede


Death toll in Madhya Pradesh temple tragedy has reached to 113 and left more than 100 people injured. This was caused by a stampede on a crowded bridge across Sindh river. Devotees were going to pay visit to Ratangarh temple in Datia district of northern Madhya Pradesh on Sunday when the stampede happened. Mostly women and children died by falling into the river. As per eyewitness, stampede is caused by the police using batons whereas the district administration is saying that rumour of collapsing bridge led to the stampede and resulted in so many killings.

DK Arya, deputy inspector general (DIG), Chambal range said that death toll is expected to go high. He further said that many victims are in critical conditions. Divers are looking for more victims and bodies in the river. A judicial probe into the entire matter had been ordered by Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who has also declared the financial aid of Rs. 1.5 lakh each to relative of the dead, Rs. 50,000 to those who got grave injuries and Rs. 25,000 to others hurt in the stampede. Election Commission (EC) has given permission to the state government to airlift the injured. Same place has witnessed the similar kind of stampede in 2006. Crowd control planning authorities are now under check because of frequent stampede. Stampede caused a traffic jam on the road. Angry people had thrown stones at police. Prime Minister had also condoled the entire event and asked the administration to provide proper medical care.

Walsh to become the coach of Indian men's hockey team


As per the recommendation of the Sports Authority of India, the Sports Ministry is all set to appoint Australian Terry Walsh as head coach of the Indian men’s hockey team. SAI Director General Jiji Thomson has said that Walsh’s name has been forwarded to the Sports Ministry and it will take a week’s time for clearing his appointment. A monthly salary of Australian dollar 12,000 has also been recommended by SAI. Walsh was a part of team who won silver medal in 1976 Montreal Olympics. Earlier it has been felt that Oltmans, who was an interim coach after Australian Nobbs resigned in July would be given the job of a permanent coach. But the SAI DG said that Oltmans will keep discharging his duty as the High Performance Director. It has also been said that Oltmans recommended the Walsh’s name who was lastly working as Technical Director of USA.

Life history can be revealed through tweets


Your life history can be revealed though tweet so be cautious. A new method has been developed by researchers that will study your tweets to find out the most important events in your life. They will then assemble those events and make a precise life history. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh and Cornell University in Ithaca have developed this algorithm of sorting out news of significant events from completely minor details from Twitter streams. The algorithm then can be used to define the events in person’s life in chronological order by researchers Jiwei Li and Claire Cardie.

According to 'MIT Technology Review' Li and Claire have sorted Twitter stream of 20 ordinary people and 20 celebrities. Ordinary people are then asked to identify the most important tweets to create a life history. Wikipedia biographies and other sources of information have been used to find the important events of celebrities. They then compared the algorithm results with these finding. Though the technique gives best results for those users who are regular on twitter however significant number of people can be covered by algorithm.

Inflation has gone up to 6.46%


India’s wholesale inflation has gone up from 6.10% in August to 6.46% in September because of rising prices of onion and other vegetables. Hike in price rise is one of major causes of wholesale inflation. In September wholesale price of onion came to 322.94% but in August it was 244.62% whereas country-wide wholesale price of vegetable has gone up to 89.37% in September from 77.81% in August. Government was hoping that good monsoon would lower down the food price but Cyclone Phailin has caused huge destruction all along the east coast.

India’s total rice output has also been affected by the same. Contribution of Andhra Pradesh in the total rice output is 12% whereas that of Odisha is 7%, the two badly affected states by Cyclone Phailin. Wholesale price of rice may further go to 18.76% in September. Also the unseasonal floods in Bihar have contributed to the rest of inflation. With an ongoing inflation the Reserve Bank of India may not cut interest rates. The festival season is approaching but we may see fall in the sale of goods that are purchased through loan. UPA government it may be an inopportune political time as at present inflation is high, currency is going down and economic growth is also poor.

14 days leave for Sanjay Dutt


Sanjay Dutt was granted a leave of 14 days from Pune's Yerwada central prison on 1st October as he was unwell. Leave extension for another two weeks has been applied by him as per jail manual provisions. The Supreme Court had given five years jail sentence to Sanjay Dutt for a link with 1993 terror attack in Mumbai in which 250 people were killed. He possessed an automatic gun that was supplied by a person associated with the bomb blast. Earlier also he has been charged with more serious crimes. An actor has already served 18 months in jail while under trial. After this he was released in 2007. At present he is serving 42 month term in Pune jail.

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